Having to write an English Language essay for an English Lit book?!

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At my uni, there's an additional, compulsory course about humanities in general, but I didn't realise this until a week after I got here. Because there was a mix up with my grades being linked to UCAS as well, I didn't get this induction pack which told us about the English lit book we needed to buy for induction week, but when I found out about it, I didn't think anything of it, because I was an English Language student.

Anyway, I missed a couple of humanities sessions due to illness and then got two emails the other day, one saying my attendance is slacking and another saying I missed an assignment and have to complete it by Monday 7th November (that's now today). I had no idea what I was supposed to do with an English literature book, plus the fact I have dyslexia and get very easily distracted, confused and irritated when reading books I don't choose myself, but I've still been told I have to do this assignment, even if it's about the first few chapters and from an English language point of view.

But I have no idea how to write an English language essay on an English lit book (especially such a long, complicated, badly written one that I can't get my head around)! At a level, if we ever had an extract from a book, we would talk about "mimics spoken language but is a written text making it multimodal", "purpose to entertain", "formal", "genre - it's a book" and compare it with something else (AQA). I honestly don't know what to write about, I feel like just writing a bad review of the opening chapter because I'm getting so frustrated with this book 😓😓😓

Please someone help 😥
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At my uni, there's an additional, compulsory course about humanities in general, but I didn't realise this until a week after I got here. Because there was a mix up with my grades being linked to UCAS as well, I didn't get this induction pack which told us about the English lit book we needed to buy for induction week, but when I found out about it, I didn't think anything of it, because I was an English Language student.

Anyway, I missed a couple of humanities sessions due to illness and then got two emails the other day, one saying my attendance is slacking and another saying I missed an assignment and have to complete it by Monday 7th November (that's now today). I had no idea what I was supposed to do with an English literature book, plus the fact I have dyslexia and get very easily distracted, confused and irritated when reading books I don't choose myself, but I've still been told I have to do this assignment, even if it's about the first few chapters and from an English language point of view.

But I have no idea how to write an English language essay on an English lit book (especially such a long, complicated, badly written one that I can't get my head around)! At a level, if we ever had an extract from a book, we would talk about "mimics spoken language but is a written text making it multimodal", "purpose to entertain", "formal", "genre - it's a book" and compare it with something else (AQA). I honestly don't know what to write about, I feel like just writing a bad review of the opening chapter because I'm getting so frustrated with this book 😓😓😓

Please someone help 😥
You should fill out a mitigating circumstance form which your tutor or academic advisor will give you advice on and go from there.

Good luck!
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